CHICAGO, May 27, 2014 — Mayor Rahm Emanuel can’t catch a break even at Chicago’s Memorial Day Parade.
In the new web series, “Mayor on the Street,” watch as fed-up Chicagoans sound-off on the problems facing their city and what they think of Emanuel’s job performance less than one year before the election.
Warning: It isn’t pretty.
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Many Chicagoans said they were upset about Emanuel’s plan to raise property taxes by $750 million. For others, it was crime. Still others, Chicago’s embarrassing pot hole problem.
But they all could agree on one thing: they did not plan to support Emanuel for reelection in 2015.
One man could not contain himself, he was laughing so hard.
“Do I like the job he’s [Rahm Emanuel] is doing as mayor?” he laughed. “No, actually not.”
“I don’t live in Chicago but if I did I would probably look for somebody new,” another man said.
Other responses were thoughtful.
“I just think there needs to be some real politicians that aren’t politicians. That are really for the people, that have to park like we have to park, that have to face the same things we have to face – meters and traffic – and everything that we do. That don’t get to cruise by the system,” one woman said.
Emanuel’s public image has taken a beating recently after it was revealed that his staff coordinated with CNN’s producers to stage the TV series, “Chicagoland,” to “make him look good.” Earlier this month, an ABC7 report showed the Mayor’s motorcade plowing through red lights in the very school safety zones Emanuel has been trumpeting.
Other responses took a humorous turn, again, at the Mayor’s expense.
One man agreed that Rahm was “scary, dangerous” and that “a real great city deserves a real great mayor.” “There’s a man out there” willing to stand up to Rahm, the man said.
Another man from Washington, DC, said Rahm should stay put in Chicago. “He can stay,” he laughed.
According to a recent Chicago Sun-Times poll, only one in five Chicagoans think Emanuel is doing a better job than his predecessor, Richard M. Daley. Just 29 percent of voters would support Emanuel if the election were held today. Among blacks, he would receive only 8 percent support and 2 percent among Hispanics.
Apparently, “scary” and “dangerous” doesn’t net you many votes even in Chicago.